ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 57242
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Narrative:EA-6B Prowler BuNo. 161246/'AE-604' of VAQ-131 as part of CVW‑6 on board the USS Independence (CVA-62); Lost when went overboard whilst landing on board the USS Independence on July 30 1982 in the Eastern Mediterranean off Cyprus. All three crew ejected, but one was later killed (drowned). According to an eyewitness report:
Grumman EA-6B Prowler
|Owner/operator:||VAQ-131, US Navy|
|C/n / msn:|| P-89|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||USS Independence, Eastern Mediterranean Sea, off Cyprus -
|Destination airport:||USS Independence (CVA-62) off Cyprus|
"Regarding the loss of EA-6B, BuNo 161246 aboard USS Independence on 30 July, 1982, that loss was due to the hook 'spearing' only one of the three strands which make up an arresting cable. During roll out, the strand separated and the aircraft was unable to get airborne again due to the partial arrestment. All three aircrew successfully ejected at extremely low altitude immediately in front of the angle deck. Lt Chris Rowell and Lt Commander Charles Tompkins survived the ejection.
However, Lt Hubert “Roy” Hodge, who survived the ejection, later lost his life when his parachute shroud lines became entangled with the aircraft's refuelling probe and Roy was pulled down with the sinking aircraft. I was the Executive Officer of the squadron when this occurred and was the accident Investigation Officer - Captain James C. Kennedy, USN (Ret)."
Lt Hodge was formally declared to have been Killed on Active Service, body not recovered with effect from September 16 1982.
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